Collaborative research project harnesses more power from the sun

Working together, several Canadian research groups have developed a method of powering a typical household on a sunny day using solar power.

Dubbed SUNRISE (Semiconductors Using Nanostructures for Record Increases in Solar-cell Efficiency,) the project is able to generate two kilowatts of power from solar energy.

Although solar power is already in use in many places, the amount of equipment required to make it work is not yet cost effective enough for the average homeowner to buy into the technology.

The collaboration between the University of Ottawa, National Research Council of Canada, University of Sherbrooke, Cyrium Technologies and Opel International has received a $1,751,000 investment from the Government of Canada to keep working towards the goal of renewable, sustainable energy.

The system is currently set up at the Canadian Centre for Housing Technology, located in Ottawa.